Category Archives: Been There Done That – Mentoring & Survivorship

Hitting the Wall & Chemotherapy

In this very real short podcast Sharon talks about the phenomena known as “the wall” as it relates to chemotherapy. At some point the treatment just pulls too much out of you and your inner voice may demand that you are not going in for the next treatment…what it’s really saying is that you have hit the wall! Let Sharon offer validation, encouragement and a strategy that helped pull her through her last treatment! So, if you have found your face against the bricks and you do not know know how you will go on, listen as Sharon talks you through!

Ramblings from Sharon: Intro

In these short podcasts of about 3-6 minutes Sharon will “ramble” on the cancer experience. She will offer food for thought, commentary on current events, cancer stories, helpful hints, and thoughts that are bouncing through her mind. These often informal shorts will be laced with the wisdom gained through her cancer story as well as the wisdom passed down to her, voices from her daily life, southern flavor, and hopefully a few laughs.

Today Sharon will rambles on “Her.” Who are we talking about? Come listen & see…..

What not to say… to someone that has been diagnosed with cancer.

What the HECK do we say? It is hard because we want to say or do something that will make it better somehow. Lucy & Sharon want to take that heavy burden from your heart! Your friend does not expect you to arrive like some sort of oracle with wisdom or information to soothe them. They are not looking for you to make this better at all! They do need some time to process what is happening in their life and they need you to be present while they do that. So, you are going to visit to show your love and support…wonderful! Be prepared to roll up your sleeves, put your feelings on the back burner, and tune your ears to “listen.” Now, how to manage that anxious mouth so you do not end up with foot-in-mouth disease? Sit back and listen as Sharon & Lucy help you address that very issue.

Interview with Karen Shayne and Judy Pearson: Founders of the National Women’s Survivors Convention

It was such a blessing to be a part of The National Women’s Survivors Convention last year, and in honor of the Convention starting tomorrow, July 31 – August 1, 2014, in Nashville, TN we want to dedicate our podcast today to our interview with the founders, Judy and Karen. These fun ladies really believe that as survivors we owe a little payback to humanity. We encourage anyone to join in on the fun. You will not want to miss out on three jam packed days with stories of empowerment, education, and connecting with others whose lives have been touched by cancer. You just gotta be there!! Check it out: http://www.survivorville.org/

Rare Moments

Learning to recognize rare moments and deciding to jump into them with both feet can make the difference between surviving and THRIVING through your storm. Whether your cancer story has you playing the leading role or supporting cast, the simple truths revealed in this podcast can help you grab the rare moments (and the pay offs they bring) that are coming your way. Take a few minutes and listen as Lucy & Sharon share rare moments from their lives that illustrate the simple truths they offer.

Do Cold Caps Remedy Chemo Induced Hair Loss?

Hair loss is possibly the most globally dreaded side effect of chemo. Most often the first question out of a patient’s mouth when they hear they must undergo chemo therapy is, “Will I lose my hair?’ Cold caps to the rescue! These awkward and expensive devices come in like a knight in shining armor to save the day. Or do they? Life is not a fairy tale and there is rarely a blanket remedy for anything huge in our life that is a perfect fix. Cold caps are not for everyone, but the thought of retaining our locks throughout chemo compels us to entertain the idea. Grab a drink and sit with the Chemo Girls as they discuss what they have learned about cold caps.

National Survivors Day

How is it that the Chemo Girls have missed National Survivors Day? National Cancer Survivors Day® is a CELEBRATION for those who have survived, an INSPIRATION for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of SUPPORT for families, and an OUTREACH to the community. We are all about ALL of these ideas, especially survivorship! Take a moment to listen as Lucy and Sharon discuss this fantastic movement and how survivorship is a growing topic in the cancer world and in the rest of the world, too! Most of us believe that if a person is diagnosed with cancer, they go through treatment, and if they beat it, their life picks up again, unchanged. Not so much! How so? Well, let us tell ya…..